|1. USDA School Snack Guide – Smart Snack List for Parents, Teachers and School Foodservice Directors School snacks must conform to the USDA guidelines, which include calorie limits, sugar caps, and nutrient requirements. This popular post received many comments because we made lists of healthy snacks that you can make from scratch or buy ready made. The free snack handout was downloaded thousands of times.|
|2. New Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Guidelines The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and other professional societies developed and announced new cardiovascular disease clinical practice guidelines for lifestyle, risk assessment, cholesterol, and obesity. We made a handy risk assessment infographic.|
|3. 15 Things You Can Do with a Box of Clementines Did you know that clementines are a variety of mandarin orange? They’re rather tiny, quite easy to peel, and even the segments come apart smoothly. When these tasty winter fruits are in season, they are a great deal when purchased by the box. You can usually get around 25-30 of these little fruits for anywhere between $3.99 to $7.99 per box. That’s about .25 cents each, which is less than the price of a candy bar! One challenge is to use them quickly so our chef found 15 easy, delicious ways to use them.
|4. Seven Remarkable Summer Fruit Desserts Summer is here, which means that many kinds of fruit are at the very peak of their season. So how can you best celebrate the joys of summer fruit? Check out these simple and healthy fruit desserts. They’re cold, refreshing, and totally delicious. The pictures tell the whole story.|
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|6. Holiday Vegetable Wreaths Here is an easy way to display salads, vegetables, and fruits as holiday wreaths. They make colorful and healthful centerpieces that will grace any holiday table. You can take them to parties, too. There is a free handout included.|
|7. Hot News: “Gluten-Free” Now Standardized on Food Labels Well, it’s official. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized the definition of the term “gluten-free” and is regulating its use on food labels. No longer can manufacturers simply slap that label on their foods without following proper guidelines first.|
|8. Make a Healthful Holiday Plate! Here's all of my favorite holiday recipes, all ready to build a balanced plate for Thanksgiving. The plate photo shows a healthy holiday plate, too.|
|9. Easter Rabbit Salad Here is our latest creation, a fruit salad shaped like a rabbit.
|10. Free Handout: Set Achievable Goals Beware of asking too much of yourself right away. This can be unsustainable, and in some cases, extremely unhealthy. Check out a few examples of unrealistic goals below, and make sure that these aren’t on YOUR list…|
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. But after learning that the quality of a croissant directly varies with how much butter it has, Judy sought to challenge herself by coming up with recipes that were as healthy as they were tasty.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.